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TV best bets: Princess Diana, 'The Bachelorette,' series finale of 'Orphan Black,' Ray Romano

This was posted on Sunday, August 6, 2017 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

It's been nearly 20 years since Princess Diana's tragic death and ABC has produced a two-night look at her life Wednesday and Thursday, continuing a raft of specials about her that have come out in recent weeks.

BBCA's acclaimed series "Orphan Black" ends five seasons Saturday, along with AMC's 'Turn" (four seasons) and CBS's "Doubt" (just one). Epix tries a TV version of "Get Shorty" Sunday starring Ray Romano while Audience tries out a drama called "Mr. Mercedes" Wednesday based on a Stephen King story And Netflix's most notable offering Friday is a drama about an autistic teen called "Atypical" starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Michael Rapaport.

And "The Bachelorette" Rachel makes her pick Monday night.

This covers Monday, August 7 through Sunday, August 13, 2017.


“America Ninja Warrior” 8 p.m. NBC — Top competitors from the Daytona Beach Qualifier tackle the City Finals course.

“The Bachelorette” 8 p.m. ABC (three-hour 13th season finale) — Rachel will pick among Peter, Bryan and Eric. Peter is the fan favorite to win.

“So You Think You Can Dance” 8 p.m. Fox — The top 10 perform.

“Basketball Wives” 9 p.m. VH1 (sixth season finale) — Evelyn receives an advance copy of Ta'kari's manuscript and reads excerpts to Jennifer and Shaunie.

“Preacher” 9 p.m. AMC— Jesse investigates a fresh clue about God.

“Will” 9 p.m. TNT — Tensions escalate as Will and Alice continue to collaborate.

“Brillo Box” 10 p.m. HBO — Tracing the history of a sculpture of a Brillo Box by Andy Warhol, from its purchase by a couple in 1969 to its three-million-dollar auction in 2010.

“Midnight, Texas” 10 p.m. NBC — Lem must face his past when a nest of vampires descends on Midnight.

“People of Earth” 10:30 p.m. TBS — Gerry returns to Earth, but his relationship with Yvonne is jeopardized.


“Difficult People” 3:01 a.m. Hulu (third season debut) — Julie embarks on a season long quest for happiness, after she learns if she tries to up her anti-depressants anymore her blood will be a Slurpee.

“America’s Got Talent” 8 p.m. NBC — The final judge cuts before the live show.

“Animal Kingdom” 8 p.m. TNT — As Craig (Ben Robson) leads the boys - and Nicky (Molly Gordon) - in pirating the yacht, Smurf (Ellen Barkin) tries to find out who robbed her.

“The Haves and the Have Nots” 9 p.m. OWN — Time is running out for Jim to find and protect Warlock.

“Manhunt” 10 p.m. Discovery — Linguist Natalie Rogers helps Fitz find clues about the Unabomber's identity in the Manifesto, but their findings face skepticism at the UTF. In 1997, Ted claims he can invalidate all of the evidence against him.

“Being Mary Jane” 10 p.m. BET — Feeling alienated, Mary Jane allows her own party to be transformed into a media event.

“Shooter” 10 p.m. USA — Bob Lee and Isaac learn the world's greatest assassin is in the U.S. Flashbacks to a mission in Afghanistan reveal his identity: Solotov.

“World of Dance” 10 p.m. NBC (first season finale) — The final three acts perform in the World Final, after which the top overall scoring act will be named the winner.


“Masterchef” 8 p.m. Fox — Reigning champion Shaun O'Neale returns and chooses ingredients from his cookbook to be part of the mystery-box challenge.

“Mr. Mercedes” 8 p.m. Audience (new series) —This drama follows demented killer Brady Hartsfield who taunts a retired police detective Bill Hodges with a series of lurid letters and emails.

“Salvation” 9 p.m. CBS — Darius recruits Grace, Harris and Liam for a dangerous mission.

“The Story of Diana Part 1” 9 p.m. ABC — Princess Diana's life and legacy are explored through interviews with those who knew her best, as well as the world's leading experts on her. Included: archival footage.

“Suits” 9 p.m. USA — Mike juggles his work obligations with his promise to help a hurting family.

“Blood Drive” 10 p.m. Syfy — Grace's Kung Fu is tested against a mystic restaurateur and a dying Arthur embarks on a vision quest.

“The Sinner” 10 p.m. USA — Cora tries to block Ambrose's continuing investigation.

“Snowfall” 10 p.m. FX — Franklin turns to Jerome for guidance, resulting in an unexpected encounter.

“Younger” 10 p.m. TV Land — Liza discovers an exciting new author, whose pitch takes an unexpected turn.


“Boy Band” 8 p.m. ABC — Hit songs from female artists are performed by the contestants.

“The Story of Diana Part 2 ” 9 p.m. ABC — A look at how Princess Diana remains relevant.

“Flip or Flop Atlanta ” 9 p.m. HGTV — A small farmhousse shows big flop potential.

“Nashville ” 9 p.m. CMT (fifth season finale) — Deacon and the artists of Highway 65 take a stand and Zach sending a message

“Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Edition ” 9 p.m. NBC — Colin Jost and Michael Che will catch up folks on the craziness going on this summer.

“Alone ” 10 p.m. History — Game-changing scenarios are faced by the remaining pairs when one participant falls ill, while another's temper drives a wedge between him and his teammate.

“Zoo ” 10 p.m. CBS — The teams goes on a mission to rescue Abe and Daniela's son.


“Atypical” 3:01 a.m. Netflix (new series)   Sam Claire is an autistic teen with a protective mom, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh.

“Masters of Illusion” 8 p.m. the CW   Cutting-edge illusionists, escape artists and performers display their skills.

“Bering Sea Gold” 9 p.m. Discovery (11th season debut)   — Shawn's million dollar Bluff claim is denied, leaving the grounds open to anyone.

“Million Dollar Matchmaker” 10 p.m. WE  — Patti matches wits with Devina Kaur, a sex-obsessed author who challenges her at every turn, and Peter Curti, a gay millennial entrepreneur searching for his first real relationship.


“Doubt” 9 p.m. Saturday CBS (series finale) — The jury delivering its verdict in Billy's trial.

“Turn” 9 p.m. Saturday AMC (series finale) — The American War of Independence comes to an end, as America struggles to begin; and there's a settling of accounts between shadows and spies.

“Orphan Black” 10 p.m. Saturday BBC America (series finale) — Five seasons of clones ends tonight.

“Cars That Made History” 8 p.m. Sunday History (new series) — A subjective look at important vehicles in the past.

“Teen Choice Awards 2017” 8 p.m. Sunday Fox — Chris Pratt and Miley Cyrus host.

“Claws” 9 p.m. Sunday TNT (first season finale) — Desna goes on the run, with Roller close behind and Dean, Polly and Virginia frantically searching for her.

“Food Network Star” 9 p.m. Sunday Food (13th season finale) — It's the battle of the Southerners between Atlantan's Rusty Hamlin vs. Kentucky's Jason Smith.

“Game of Thrones” 9 p.m. Sunday HBO — They are keeping any descriptives under wraps.

“Ray Donovan” 9 p.m. Sunday Showtime — A flashback to Ray and Abby's 21st anniversary when they went to Las Vegas to see Damon's first televised fight.

“$100,000 Pyramid” 10 p.m. Sunday ABC — Usher vs. Von Miller.

“Get Shorty” 10 p.m. Sunday Epix (new series) — A comedy drama based on the Elmore Leonard book.

“I'm Dying Up Here” 10 p.m. Sunday Showtime (first season finale) — A shocking event changes everything.

“The Strain” 10 p.m. Sunday FX — Fet and Quinlan are hot on the trail of a convoy carrying their prized nuclear weapon.

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Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.